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Oct 31, 2012 4:00am EDT
is one week to election day, president obama and governor romney canceled rallies and stump speeches on monday and tuesday. yesterday, president obama spoke from the white house briefing room. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election, i am worried about the impact on families and worried about the impact on our first responders, i am worried about the impact on our economy. and on transportation. you know, the election will take care of itself next week. >> and here is what governor romney said. >> on the eastern coast of our nation, a lot of people are enduring some very difficult times. >> and our hearts and our prayers go to them as we think about how tough it is going to be there. i don't think there has been a hurricane in ohio in a long time. but there have been some hurricanes that have caused a lot of damage across this country and hurt a lot of families and their families are in harm's ways that will be hurt either in their possessions or perhaps even something more severe. >> we have faced these kind of challenges before and as we have, it is good
Comedy Central
Oct 30, 2012 7:30pm PDT
withdrawal date was wrong? i meant right! (laughter) how about iraq? >> governor romney, was the war in iraq a good idea worth the cost in blood and treasure we have spent? >> it was the right decision to go into iraq. i supported it at the time; i support it now. >> jon: but do you support it -- (laughter). now? >> we don't want another iraq. we don't want another afghanistan. that's not the right course for us. >> well, i guess that's not a flip-flop so much as a principled recognition because of the iraq war's current unpopularity. (laughter) you know what? iraq and afghanistan those are yesterday's wars. it's tomorrow's war that counts and if there's anything governor romney has been vociferous about lo these past 18 months it is his uncompromising belief that it's time to rattle our sabers at iran. >> this is a president who should have instead communicated to iran that we are prepared, that we are considering military options, they're not just on the table, they are in our hands. >> the president should have built credible threat of military action. when they see our military opti
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2012 2:00pm EDT
around. >>> with six days to election day, governor romney resumed a full campaign schedule today. he's in florida right now. about to kick off the second event of the day in south florida. congressman paul ryan is in wisconsin. vice president joe biden attending rallies in florida and bill clinton is in iowa for the obama campaign, of course. let's bring in the political panel. david goodfriend and rachel smelkin. thank you both for your time. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i want to get to this poll showing the president still holding on to his lead in ohio, florida and virginia. we know that when you look at national polls, depending on which one, a different picture but it is about the battlegrounds and likely voters here. what do we make of the new polls? >> hurricane sandy introduced a massive unknown in to the final days of the race and that's the first thing. we are not yet seeing that reflikted in the polling. having said that, it looks for the president's team like they're still holding on in ohio. the margins closed there as in other battleground states but that's an all-impo
Comedy Central
Oct 31, 2012 9:00am PDT
the kiss good-bye. >> mr. mourdock's comments do not reflect governor romney's views. we disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest-- increst but still support him. >> jon: not often do you hear someone say i disagree with your views on rape and increst but -- -- incest. >> i disagree with your views on rape and incest but not a deal breaker. (laughter) well, if romney wasn't willing to throw mourdock under the bus the same couldn't be said for your friends at morning joe. >> it is remarkable what republican candidates have said this year. >> i know. >> regarding abortion, regarding rape. >> jon: finally, republican admits fellow republicans is renug-- repugnant. please, continue with the moral stand you take. >> i'm a pro-life guy. but they are driving away so many swing voters. >> jon: no, that's not the problem. that's not the problem. no, no, no. the problem is the beliefing of the things, not that he-- the problem isn't that he violated the first law of the fetus club which is don't talk about fetus club, like that's not-- because it's the idea. i mean wh
FOX News
Oct 31, 2012 12:00am PDT
goes bankrupt over time. >> so a couple of things. remember governor romney is called governor for a reason. he was governor of massachusetts. he knows something about how the federal and state relationship works. there's nobody in washington who could look at this program with a straight face and say there couldn't be improvements made to it. let's see how we can get people -- get money to the people faster. in fact, president obama himself said that today. he instructed the federal government no red tape, no bureaucracy, so i think that that is a little bit preposterous to hang that on mitt romney. one of the first things he did, romney, was to say send out an e-mail to people who had donated to his campaign saying we don't need your resources at this moment. give to the red cross or check on your neighbors in need if you can. if you want to say where did they start being political with this, on saturday when the white house itself, the federal government itself put out a statement about the storm, it uses the campaign language lean forward which also happens to be a competitive ne
FOX News
Oct 30, 2012 9:00pm PDT
thread there. tell us everything you want about elections benghazi, polls weather. storms, good night from washington, d.c.. see you tomorrow night 10:00 p.m. eastern. >> sean: and this is a fox news alert. tonight we're exactly one week away from the most critical election in your lifetime, but first, the monster storm sandy pummeled the northeast yesterday, leaving massive amounts of destruction in her wake. as of this hour, more than 2.8 million households are without power. in new jersey sandy is blamed for five deaths in that state. governor chris christie said the damage is, quote, unthinkable and some of the worst that he's ever seen. now, the jersey shore was particularly hard hit. homes flooded and destroyed, boardwalks in several beach towns were swept into the ocean. tonight the full extent of the damage there is still not known. in new york city, a 14-foot surge of sea water swelled into the streets of new york city. authorities say that at least 18 people have been killed. all three major airports in new york are still closed. the subway system is completely shut down. the mayor of new york, bloomberg, said it may take days before it's going to be up and running again. now, fox newschannel's own jamie colby is standing outside the brooklyn battery tunnel in manhattan where the governor toured the damage not too long ago. jamie, you've been there all day. what's the situation now at this hour? >> reporter: you know, sean, good evening to you. i had a chance to survey the damage with governor cuomo, and it is pretty incredible to see it up close and personal, but before we talk about the businesses that are closed and the electricity that's out and the people that have been affected, there's been a real human toll here. you mentioned the 18 deaths, and i wanted to focus as we indian to learn who some of those people are. one of them was new york's finest, a 28-year-old officer from staten island. his name is artur sasprzak. he was off duty at the time trying to get a family to safety as the water surged inside. he went back down to the basement just moments later and never returned. he died a hero, sean, and the disoadiazodiac boats and scuba e not able to get to him because of live power lines. that's one of the stories of those we lost in the storm, an unprecedented weather event that's left much of the city in the dark including down here in lower manhattan. miraculously the markets are open tomorrow. as i surveyed the neighborhood, many businesses were closed, and here's one of the reasons why. look behind me, sean, at the amount of water that gets higher and higher. i walked here with the governor earlier today. it's going all the way through and connected to the tunnel between brooklyn and manhattan. 16 million commuters a year go through there to try to get to work and home. as you said, the subways will begin limited service tomorrow. buses are expected to be back on line, but many people, including the con ed workers that need to access underground and get into the city can't, so it's left a lot of new york in a standstill, and we'll have to wait and see what happens from here. long island, they learned today that the nearly million people without power may have to wait ten days to get electricity back. schools were closed today, and really new yorkers as resilient as they are have to be impacted by what happened here. just one thing to mention. mayor bloomberg, who also toured, did receive a call from president obama who wanted to come here and visit the damage and visit the location. he's already planning to go to new jersey. bloomberg says this. we'd love to have him, but we've got lots of things to do. the thing for him to do, meaning president obama, is to go to new jersey and represent the country. sean? >> sean: jamie, thank you for the report. joining me now to talk about the impact the storm may have on the presidential election, fox news political analyst juan williams and dana perino from the five. it makes me cringe. you have a tragedy like this and people are racing to politicize this. nba at nbpeople at nbc news are ridiculing mitt romney. he gave his bus early on, he was out collecting food and supplies for victims today. he's being ridiculed on nbc for that. you've got the new york "new yo" using this as an opportunity to say well, the storm proves that big government is necessary. you've got an obama e-mail during the hurricane hey, you've got a phone, get obama's back. al gore's blaming global warning and bill clinton says electing romney is worse than hurricane sandy. what's wrong with your party? >> well, you built a case, i'll say that, mr. prosecutor. i will also say that, in fact, mitt romney during the campaign said that, you know, he would cut funding for fema, homeland security, the people that have come to the aid of those in new york, new jersey, those that have been hard hit. >> no. he said he would give it back to the states, juan. wait a minute. excuse me. there's a proposal here, if you look at the details of pages 94 , 96, the white house's see sequestration proposal includes cuts for fema for $900 million if you want to get into tit for tat here. >> i'm saying not only did he said he would accepted it back to the states, he said ideally it would be up to private enterprise. >> wait a minute. in his own sequestration, $900 million in cuts for fema. let's not get into this. i think both guys are doing what they're supposed to do here, but the reality is, dana, is that, you know, either you listen to what the weather reports are. government's not going to come and baby sit you, and the idea some people think government's going to provide their day care, their health care, their dental care, their housing. government overpromises and underdelivers. they bankrupted social security and medicare, and i would bet obama care goes bankrupt over time. >> so a couple of things. remember governor romney is called governor for a reason. he was governor of massachusetts. he knows something about how the federal and state relationship works. there's nobody in washington who could look at this program with a straight face and say there couldn't be improvements made to it. let's see how we can get people -- get money to the people faster. in fact, president obama himself said that today. he instructed the federal government no red tape, no bureaucracy, so i think that that is a little bit preposterous to hang that on mitt romney. one of the first things he did, romney, was to say send out an e-mail to people who had donated to his campaign saying we don't need your resources at this moment. give to the red cross or check on your neighbors in need if you can. if you want to say where did they start being political with this, on saturday when the white house itself, the federal government itself put out a statement about the storm, it uses the campaign language lean forward which also happens to be a competitive network slogan that they use. i could not believe that somebody in the white house press office approved a message like that that said he expects highway wholhis whole team to l. no one says anything. >> sean: i think the biggest story to get to the bottom of, i want to take care of the storm victims. they deserve our help and support and they're in our prayers. people lost their homes, their lives. i don't want to politicize that in any way, but i want to get answers to this. obama, he's bragging, spiking the football, he got bin laden even though he didn't support the intelligence policies that gave us the opportunity to him, but that's a side note. wait a minute. thobama called the navy seals. they got bin laden. the navy seals we now discovered during this benghazi attack, the ambassador asked for help beforehand. they asked for help while they were being under attack. we know that we had ty wood's father on this program last night. he literally defied orders to go save 30 american lives and gave his life for his country and was told to stand down. where was obama when the seals called him requesting help? i want an answer before the election. i want to hear those tapes. i want america to see those tapes before election day. >> well, you're talking about politicizing tragedy. >> sean: i want the truth. >> the truth is coming out because an investigation is being done by the government. it took years after 9/11. >> sean: why did the president for two weeks deny this was a terror attack. why did he deny the extra security to the ambassador. >> this is how mitt romney got in trouble in the second debate. >> sean: wait a minute. why during the attack our government is watching it in real-time, our intelligence knew within hours that it was a terror attack, and two weeks later the president of the united states, dana, is denying that this was related to terror. >> he was on the view and on several programs. please. in addition to that, we keep forgetting there's an american citizen who is in jail tonight on probation violations after he was accused of being the one that caused the violence in benghazi when now we know from the cia, the state department, and probably the white house before this is all over that that is not true. >> sean: they knew on day one. >> he's still in jail. >> sean: juan, don't you think in fairness, in the complete, let's say, spirit of transparency that the obama administration promised if there are tapes that we could hear that caused ty woods to disobey orders, risk his military career, his life, and then he gave his life, why not release them to the american people before the election so we can get a full picture of the truth? i'm sure you'll join me in calling for that transparency. >> i would join you in calling ty woods a hero. > >> sean: why not release the tapes that caused him to disobey orders? >> you act as if the tape is conclusive. there's a much bigger story. >> sean: my sources tell me it's pretty damning, juan. they're begging for help. >> i've not heard that from anybody. >> sean: you learned it here first. >> the added security was asked for the capital in tripoli. >> sean: that's not true. the ambassador asked for security. it was denied. >> the undersecretary testified here in washington before congress to that, sean. > >> sean: we also have a woman who testified that the state department was watching this whole thing unfold in real-time. >> it's the same woman. >> sean: the president wouldn't acknowledge it two weeks later that it was terror. he was blaming a video. he was saying it was spontaneous. they lied. >> we deserve the whole story. you have to wait. you can't play politics. >> president obama said that they released the information as they got it. that can't possibly be true. it doesn't add up, juan. >> it does add up if they're waiting for the entire story. >> sean: stay right there. we've got more with dana and stuart as we continue to analyze the newest numbers as this campaign now one week from today, the latest national polls show the momentum is still very much with mitt romney. juan is very worried, and then the most vial pro obama ad to date, this one courtesy of left winger michael moore. we'll play it for you tonight we'll play it for you tonight and it will make you sick as [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain and yellowing skin or eyes. tell your doctor about all your medicines, including those for migraine and while on cymbalta, call right away if you have high fever, confusion and stiff muscles or serious allergic skin reactions like blisters, peeling rash, hives, or mouth sores to address possible life-threatening conditions. talk about your alcohol use, liver diase and before you reduce or stop cymbalta. dizziness or fainting may ocr upon standing. ask your doctor about cymbalta. imagine you with less pain. cymbalta can help. go to cymbalta.com to learn about a free trial offer. challenge the need for such heavy measures with olay. regenerist micro-sculpting serum for firmer skin in 5 days. pretty heavy lifting for such a lightweight. 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here to continue our debate is fox news political analyst. she's having a panicack, juan williams, and from the five, dana puert dana perino is. it's just aut a momentum. i got a feeling in 2008, you could just tell it wasn't going to go senator mccain's way. >> i think there's a lot of truth to that. there's a mood difference in 2008. republicans for good reason thought they weren't going to win that election. everything was going against them. in 2012 there's a much different feeling across the country. if you look at the crowds that romney and ryan were able to gather this past weekend, actually republicans believe they can win this time. i think it will probably be a little bit closer than that, romney wins by a when i say kerr, but some of the states that were strong obama like minnesota that are now in the lean obama column, and they have to send bill clinton out today to minnesota to try to help. >help. >> sean: i'm here to save my buddy, barack obama. >> the headlines coming out of that were so bad, i wouldn't have sent him in the first place. >> sean: here's the deal. they gotta send joe biden to pennsylvania because the polls are so close. michigan is tied, wisconsin is tied, colorado, romney is up, virginia he's up, florida he's up, and we have rasmussen now showing the moment ump has shifted in ohio. if i'm barack obama, there's no poll now moving in his direction, juan, and states that he won by huge margins, he's either tied or just slightly ahead. that's a problem for him. >> well, look. i don't think anyone debates the idea it's going to be a very close race, but the numbers you put out. >> sean: which ones? >> they're all sided. >> ask juan about the npr poll. >> go ahead, dana. >> let's talk about the npr poll. an 8-point swing? >> there's a margin of error, dana. hold on. dana was around in '08, i'm sorry, back in '04 when the poll said that kerry was going to win in a landslide. didn't happen, did it? >> thank goodness. >> that's right, dana. just think for a second. romney has never been ahead. >> sean: he's ahead now. >> in the real clear politics. >> sean: juan, juan, juan. >> colorado, wisconsin. i can keep going. never, ever. >> sean: listen, you can be as delusional if you want. i absolutely like when you live in denial, but here's the reality, dana. romney has florida sewn up, in my opinion. >> oh, my god, come on. >> sean: in virginia the latest poll shows romney ahead. rasmussen shows romney ahead by two in ohio. i would say it's dead even but it's also pennsylvania, wisconsin, it's michigan, and pennsylvania -- minnesota. no matter what they try to say today, there's no way that chicago -- the obama campaign in chicago thought that seven or six days before an election they were going to have to fight in minnesota. they just -- it never entered their mind, and now they're having to do that, and the fancy footwork is very admirable, but i don't think it will -- i don't think it will take them too far. however, the storm i think you'll see president obama's approval rating which has not gotten above i think 47 or 48% % almost his whole presidency. i don't think it matters. >> sean: in all fairness, it would have been nice if he responded the same way to benghazi and answer questions. >> oh, stop. that's so unfair. >> sean: it would have been nice if he responded to the calls for help and the requests for security and telling us the truth. >> the decision he made to go to vegas that night after the attack in libya when he knew that the ambassador had died. >> sean: that was despicable. >> that was a huge mistake. >> it was not. the communication on air force one broke down. >> sean: excuse me. let me go to vegas or we just lost the first ambassador in 30 years, i'll go to vegas. >> oh, my gosh. >> he's going to show up and walk around jersey tomorrow for show? >> presidents make d do make mis on judgment calls on where to go when not to go. for president obama, that was the biggest mistake possibly of the presidency. >> sean: in the words of bill clinton, defending minnesota, i feel your pain. hang in there, sean. we've gotta roll. coming up, we'll show you the most vial, i mean, these ads or horrific pro obama ads courtesy of the liberal outfit moveon.org and michael moore. they should be ashame of themselves for putting out this garbage. > ♪ fare thee well ♪ farewell ♪ mr. gloom be on your way ♪ ♪ though you haven't any money you can still be bright and sunny ♪ ♪ sing polly wolly doodle all the day ♪ ♪ hah >> sean: all right. so just when you think the left cannot stoop any lower, they outdo themselves yet again. yesterday it was the ad exploiting children that shows them singing about the horrors of mitt romney and wanting to kill old people. today michael moore, he ups the ante by teaming up with the left wing group called moveon.org producing a vial new ad featuring the elderly using incredibly offensive language. obama, are you proud? >> i want the republican party to know if your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables romney to out o oust barack obama, we l burn this mother [bleep] down. >> if the republicans steal this election, i'm going to track down mitt romney and give him the world's biggest [bleep] punch. what's the matter, sonny? you never heard that phrase, [bleep] punch? right in the [bleep]. >> if you let the republicans do this to you again after we die we're going to look down on you from heaven and we're going to make a point of watching you have sex every time, no matter how kinky. >> especially if we are related. >> burn that mother [bleep] down? so much for civility. joining me for reaction to this latest disgustin disgusting disa guy who said if you don't have a record to run on, you make an election about small things. let's see. big bird, bayonette, dirt water, now we've got people talking about burning that mother blanker down? >> your party? >> my friend michael moore, yes, we're besties. this is not from the obama campaign. let's be clear about that. this is from michael moore. the ad is just da -- besides beg vulgar, it's a stupid ad. it's not funny. i'm wondering if there's anyone who defends this. >> sean: the one probably that offends me the most, tucker, is using children. i mean, it's almost like i could see kids and castro, viva fidel. it's such a propaganda piece. ♪ imagine an america where kids can be sick and people die. ♪ we don't have to pay for freeways and schools are good enough. ♪ give us endless wars on foreign shores and lots of chinese stuff. ♪ we haven't killed all the polar bears but it's not for lack of trying. ♪ the atmosphere fear i is fine. ♪ we're children of the future. ♪ american through and through. ♪ if something happened to our country. ♪ and we're tired of blaming you. >> yes, comrade, yes, you're singing the liberal leftist national anthem. we're trying to kill all the polar bears and kill grandma after we stab her and shoot her in the head. that's, you know -- >> from it's th the looks of thl moore ad, we should be afraid of grandma. she's violent. >> sean: my question is who is this ad aimed at? i mean, this is the far left talking to itself. no normal person looks at that ad with the kids and said you know what? i want more of that. i'm for that. >> sean: what parent would let them in that ad? >> well, i don't know. >> sean: what parent would allow that? >> probably the teachers who use the same indoctrination techniques in school. that's reality. >> sean: they're better than bee dorn's kids. i don't know. watch this. >> your first time shouldn't be with just anyway. you want to do it with a great guy. it should be with a guy with beautiful, someone who really cares about and understands women, a guy that cares whether you get health insurance, birth control. you want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of iraq. you don't want a guy who is at the library studying. >> i can't take it any more. i've played it enough. ci>> that's connected to the campaign. >> i like this ad. she's very funny comedienne. >> have you ever seen the show? >> yeah. i mean, the show. >> sean: it's awful. >> it's not my cup of tea. she's funny. i think it's funny. get the humor, sean. >> sean: you want a guy who gives you free birth control? >> it's just a joke. >> sean: it's a joke? this is the president of the united states of america. >> what is the big deal. >> sean: like losing your virginity for obama. >> it's a joke, tucker. >> i actually like sex jokes, personally. let me just say, i mean, you would really have to be a liberal to believe that voting was on the same moral plane as like sex. i mean, one is like something you have t to do in order to secure your freedom. the other is something you do for fun, you enjoy doing. >> it's a joke. i don't think she really thinks that. >> i'm not mad. >> sean: answer the question. there's nothing cute about that ad. >> wouldn't a normal reelection campaign say vote for me because of all the great things i did over the last four years, here's what they are. >> they've done that. >> really? i haven't seen that. >> this ad is targeted at liberal elite women. >> sean: that want free birth control. >> it's just a tar ye targeted d towards this group. it's not against the law. >> it's not targete targeted to. >> sean: tur 2ubger, this is desperation, this is desperation. they can't run on their record. this isn't big bird bs, we're stuck with garbage, crap, and nonsense. >> it's not working. >> sean: you're right. we've gotta roll. >> i have to see a better ad to vote for this guy. >> sean: me, too. still ahead, frank luntz will be here. the anointed one said he is offended, outraged by the suggestion that a cover up took suggestion that a cover up took wake iplace in the wake of what's truly amazing about mercedes new mbrace2 system... is i can follow all my sports... catch the latest breaking news... keep in touch with friends... follow the financial headlines... find a great restaurant... and with siriusxm i can get weather forecasts... all from here. in my mercedes-benz. [ male announcer ] introducing mbrace2. the most comprehensive cloud-bas telematics system on the road. it's your world, from your car. mercedes-benz. the best or nothing. >> sean: president obama just keeps digging himself into a deeper hole when it comes to his administration's cover up of the benghazi terrorist attack. during an interview when asked about the changing story, that keeps coming out of the white house, he did what he does best, deny, deflect, and not tell the truth. watch this. >> we've got to figure out what happened and fix it, and most importantly, we've got to bring those folks who carried that out to justice. that's exactly what we're going to do. but i -- i do take offense, as i've said during one of the debates, with some suggestion that, you know, in any way we haven't tried to make sure that the american people knew as information was coming in what we believed happened. > >> sean: why two weeks after the attack were you still denying it was a terrorist attack when we now know that our state department and intelligence knew and were watching this in real-time? so you're offended, mr. president? what about the families of the four americans who died in that attack? apparently people that were begging for help and assistance and that assistance was denied. now, last night on this very program we had the father of ty woods on the show. his son was one of the heroes, a navy seal killed in the benghazi attack, and by the way, he also was told to stand down, disobey orders, and go save people at the consulate. listen to what his father told me here last night. >> we're not political. i did not vote for either candidate last time. to be political would be -- >> i'm not trying to be political. >> okay. but to be political would be dishonoring to my son's life and death. however, i'm here to honor my son. part of the process of honoring is to forgive, but part of the other process is truth and to make sure that justice is pursued. i hope that it is because justice has to be paid. >> sean: joining me now with reaction, former presidential candidate fred thompson. senator, so many aspects to this. they denied the request of the ambassador for security after the british pulled their ambassador out. then on the night this happened, we now know they were watching in real-time at the state department. our intelligence knew. for two weeks the president lied to the american people and told them he didn't know if it was terror-related. i want to know what they knew, when they knew it, and were they aware of the request for help to bail these guys out as people like ty woods were fighting. >> we can narrow it down more than that. we can ask the question that howard baker asked during watergate that crystal eyesd the whole thing. what did the president know and when did he know it. specifically on the afternoon and evening of september 11th of this year. now, he supposedly should have been in the situation room calling the ultimate shots with regard to this, and they hide behind fog of war, we've got to put everything together, conflicting reports. he knows what he did. he knows what he instructions he gave. he knows what feedback he got at the time, and to not go before the american people and the parents of these -- of these young people who go out there and put their lives on the line is absolutely disgraceful, and he's getting away with it until after this election. >> sean: he's giving vague clintonesque answering, he's parsing his words, about you you're right. it comes down to what did he know, when did he know it, and why did he say one thing to the american people when our government had video of what was happening? i'm told there are three videos that exist. there's predator drone video of the attack. there is audio that is available of these guys begging for help. that's what ty woods heard that caused him to disobey orders. >> from the cia annex, from the drone as you pointed out, and also from the state department. they had a real-time feed that went right into the situation room. everybody in a position of authority there -- it was afternoon here. it was late night there, but it was afternoon and early evening here when all this took place. all the players should have been in place, and with regard to the president and the conflicting information, give him the benefit of the doubt. the cia apparently was telling the members of congress one thing while the fbi was telling them something else. well, put that aside for the moment, and when the cia finally deciddecided they weren't goingo participate in this any more, apparently, and they said that there was no evidence of any kind of demonstration or predemonstration or anything like that that they could find, and god knows they were looking for it at that time, three days after that he goes before the united nations, the president does, and still trots out this video over and over again. >> sean: two weeks later. >> it was. you're right. >> sean: two weeks later. >> it was two weeks later and trotted out the same thing over and over again. he had to know. he knew on the 11th what the deal was. >> sean: so why did he lie? >> on the 11th they were told that an al-qaeda affiliate was taking credit for it. on the 11th they knew that the president of libya said that it was obviously a pre-planned attack. as you say, they had real-time information there. there are three scandals here. one is before the fact, one is during, and one is after. before the fact, the united states folks were the only ones leftd there. everybody else had been run out. al-qaeda and their affiliates were running so loose in that area imposing such a threat that the british left, the red cross left, everybody left except our people. our people were concerned, wanted more security to help, and they were pulling back security help and saying the libyans can take care of you. it is -- it is absolutely disgraceful. i call on the united states congress to form a special committee, a bi partisan committee and let the leadership make it a select committee and get some leaders from both parties and both branches of government and get to the bottom of this, not just for the sake of barack obama but for the sake of our national security and the message that we're giving to the rest of the world in terms of how we're going to protect or not protect our people. >> sean: yeah. >> and for the benefit of the parents like the one that you showed a minute ago. >> sean: you know the difference between this and watergate? this was a third rate burglary goes awry, and it was a cover up. difference here is they lied to the american people. people died here, and they won't be honest and straight with us. >> the difference here is in watergate we had a press. the "washington post" printed 200 mostly front pages stories about watergate before a watergate committee was even instituted. we had a bi partisan congress by unanimous vote formed the watergate committee, and they had leadership that was necessary. >> sean: we've gotta roll, senator. >> to come to the right result. >> sean: thanks for being with us. frank luntz will show us what he calls two of the top ten ads from this election cycle. ohio, florida, virginia, both candidates need to win in those battlegrounds. who is leading in the polls in these crucial states? we have the latest numbers and the current state of the race and the electoral college coming and the electoral college coming wooohooo....hahaahahaha! oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >> sean: all right. as the candidates criss-cross the country ahead of election day, both campaigns have flooded the air waves with television ads in critical swing states. are the ads working? joining me to help answer the question and unveil the two top ten ads of the cycle is pollster frank luntz. hands. >> these are the top ten. hands takes a different approach. very unique. when people see it, they pay attention and they love it. let's take a look. >> these are the hands that built america. they aren't republican hands nor democrat hands, they're american hands. they don't want a handout, didn't get a bailout. just worked harder and earned their way. these hands built america and they're ready to build it again. mitt romney and paul ryan believe these hands hold our solutions. on election day let's vote for leaders who believe in american solutions, not more washington failures. >> you say that's one of the better ones. not the highest rated. >> you saw how the democrats reacted. what's amazing is it's bi-partisan. it highlights the fact that romney ryan can work with congress better than obama biden. that's why it's so good. >> sean: that was an effective point for romney in the debates when he said look, i was dealing with an 85% democratic state legislature. >> what's smart is this is america's future fund. they're focu focused not not - e right, the people in the center, the last remaining undecided. we've got a second ad for you. >> sean: real solutions. >> this is focused on the female vote. we've looked at a lot of different executions. this is the best female execution we've tested so far. >> we are america's women. we work hard, we raise kids, we teach, we inspire, we manage, we compete, and we don't settle. we find real solutions. >> right now 23 million americans are out of work. 46 million are on food stamps, and as they struggle, the costs of every day life is going up. >> our country needs jobs, a healthy economy, and plan for our future. >> that's why we're voting for mitt romney and paul ryan. >> sean: here's the thing that is rare, where they're both about the same. democrats are actually leading through a big part of that. is that not as effective as the ad which says my first time and comparing losing your virgin see to your first time voting? >> let's be honest. those ads are pathetic and they ought to be ashamed. this ad communicates to women on the issues they care about. again, there's no yelling, no screaming, no accusations. p sean, what no one has talked about is how the republican campaign is now almost 50% positive. you don't hear any positive ads for barack obama. romney's made a very smart decision here, running ads that explain what he believes in and what he's going to do. >> sean: so all the momentum is moving in governor romney's direction. who would have thought they had to send bill clinton to minnesota and biden to pennsylvania. they've got to shore up michigan. they're fighting for their life in michigan and wisconsin, but then ohio is very close. >> there are three things this campaign needs to do, and i think you've got graphic back there. i call it the abcs. a is accountability. they've got to talk about what this president hasn't done, the promises that he made, that he failed, and what he got wrong. second is they've got to keep telling people you should be voting now. don't wait until tuesday. you've got to get out there, and the third thing is china. when we talk about jobs and we talk about employment, china matters to people, and they're afraid that our stimulus dollars, your hard earned tax dollars, are going to fund jobs in china. the american people are fed up. that's what matters. > >> sean: good to see you. we're getting close. one week for today. >> we've got good ad for you. >> sean: coming up, mitt romney maintains a strong lead in national polls, coming up next, we look at the swing states, ohio, florida, virginia to show which candidate is leading where. brand new battleground polls brand new battleground polls coming up right after the break. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. >> sean: earlier tonight we toll you that governor romney is leading the president in nearly every national poll. now it's time to examine what's going on in the battleground states. they hold the key to this election. joining us now we have doug and pat. guys, good to see you. >> good to say you. >> sean: there's the rasmussen swing poll, 50-46. here's the deal. minnesota, a 3-point race, michigan dead even, wisconsin dead even, pennsylvania close, ohio dead even, virginia close. what are we to make of this. >> oregon is moving to. >> sean: oregon is not going too to go with romney. >> i believe florida, north carolina, probably virginia have been con so consolidated for ro. new hampshire, leaning romney, the midwest, moving romney. the big question today is whether the news of the cleanup from the hurricane will be the one advantage that obama has to show him -- to show leadership. >> sean: look. i think the president is doing the right thing, but let's be honest here. it's a week before election. what is he going to do? >> whatever he can. >> whatever he can. with governor christie' governo, literally mhanna from heaven. >> so the guy that does nothing on benghazi. >> excuse me. my favorite. he's not there. he's missing in action. >> where is governor romney? this is the problem. >> nothing on benghazi. >> sean: wait a minute. governor romney donated his bus, he's out there putting packs together all day today. >> this is a political campaign. >> the problem right now is the one narrative that would undermine obama, the republicans have let go because it goes to, in my opinion, to the president's leadership. >> why doesn't krist governor ce invite romney. >> that would be interesting since he's supposed to be supporting romney. >> here's why doug may be right. the last polls, gallup had the president, remember i talked about this last night, the approval rating up a little bit. rasmussen had it back up to 49. that is the number to watch, and that is the critical thing. i'm just not sure this lasts very long for the president. >> sean, romney has not been out there to say the president suspends his campaign for a hurricane but doesn't suspend his campaign for benghazi when american diplomats are killed. >> sean: you think he should say it? >> yes. i think he should say it, yes. i believe he should say that. the other thing he should have done. >> sean: i'm saying it. if he makes a mistake a week outside of the election, it's toast. >> sean, there's a difference between leadership and mistakes. bottom line, he didn't push back on the fema issue today. he is on his back foot. >> sean: let me go to -- >> he needs to get on the offensive and so do the republicans. >> sean: i agree. look. the president, fine, go fly around in a helicopter, asked like you're doing something, but benghazi, we know that we saw in real-time these guys getting killed. >> right. >> and he went campaigning in vegas. >> what did i say. i said that should have been said at the debate. >> sean: we've got ohio, rasmussen and this is the one where romney is up. it's close, it's 50-48. we go to the i-4 corridor. this is where every election in florida is won, and romney is up there by a significant margin. >> my own polling in florida in the i-4 corridor confirms. the obama campaign knows florida is moving away from them. >> sean: so they'll leave. >> they know they can win the election without it. they're sober-minded. >> sean: so they send bill clinton to minnesota and biden to pennsylvania? >> sean, i've been saying the states not poisoned with all the money are in play. pennsylvania, michigan, minnesota. >> sean: now comes the poison. >> this is a tied election, sean, as we sit here tonight. bottom line, unless romney gets back on the offensive, makes the case for his election, he will not be president. all right. he did the right thing today, but you know what? unless he's on the offensive by the end of the day tomorrow, certainly thursday, he's in trouble. >> sean: i think governor christie should invite governor romney
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especially for governor romney and congressmen brian. one of the reasons i am looking forward to representing you is because i look forward to working with senator portman. he is tough as nails and has compassion and he is someone who understands the values of the state of ohio and i will be proud to serve with him and i will be proud to making the senior senator from the state of ohio. congressman turner as well doing a fantastic job representing the miami valley. he has been doing it for a long will be proudtime and i believes throughout the miami valley are fortunate to have him and i believe in him as a leader and as a good person and a family man. senator brown and i are debating a variety of issues. one of the main issue was whether or not the free enterprise system works. i believe when someone decides they're going to go to a community bank for a loan to start a hardware store or go to family for investment or maybe still some property to start a restaurant and they take that business from two employees to 20, 200, we should celebrate that in america. we should advance th
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governor romney is called governor for a reason. he was governor of massachusetts. he knows something about how the federal and state relationship works. there's nobody in washington who could look at this program with a straight face and say there couldn't be improvements made to it. let's see how we can get people -- get money to the people faster. in fact, president obama himself said that today. he instructed the federal government no red tape, no bureaucracy, so i think that that is a little bit preposterous to hang that on mitt romney. one of the first things he did, romney, was to say send out an e-mail to people who had donated to his campaign saying we don't need your resources at this moment. give to the red cross or check on your neighbors in need if you can. if you want to say where did they start being political with this, on saturday when the white house itself, the federal government itself put out a statement about the storm, it uses the campaign language lean forward which also happens to be a competitive network slogan that they use. i could not believe that somebody
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governor romney just said is true. >> yes it is! (laughter) you apologized. not only that, you bowed to leaders all over the world! that is not presidential! f.d.r. never bowed to foreign leaders. (laughter) he never even stood for them! (laughter) but obama -- (cheers and applause) -- obama, obama will bow to anyone! hell, after the debate he bowed to romney's grandson! (laughter) and, folks, great points by romney but it's not just what romney said it's the way he didn't say it. >> the president had a very intent look on his face. i wouldn't describe it as a mean look, i would describe it as a man looking for opportunities to strike. >> governor romney, it seemed to me, had this kind of benign default expression in which he appears to be interested most of the time, he has a slight smile on his face but not a smug one. i wonder if hi his was not the more attractive default expression. (laughter) >> stephen: yes! romney's face totally kicked obama's face's ass. (laughter) jimmy, put up romney's default expression. see? see? that's nice. that reminds me of a benevolent angel watching me
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to see the devastation on the ground himself. meanwhile, governor romney, he's back on the trail in florida. there's still just six days until the election. what does that tell us about where the campaign stakes are really in play this morning. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, october 31st, 2012. happy halloween. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get right to may first reads of the morning. we're still a long way from recovery. today after hurricane sandy's devastation we're seeing the very first signs of a return to what may be some normalcy as millions attempt to put the pieces back together. this hour new york city mayor michael bloomberg will ring the opening bell at the new york stock exchange which plans to be fully operational despite blackouts and flooding in lower manhattan. two of the area's major airports, jfk and newark in new jersey have opened with some limited service this morning. but new york's laguardia airport remains closed after major flooding. overall, nearly 19,000 flights canceled since sunday. the presidential campaign is resumi
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. massachusetts is the stated that governor romney led. so it is a very interesting area. many of the people from nashua work in massachusetts. host: who are the voters in this area? guest: new hampshire has traditionally libertarian streak. our motto is live free or die. it is a tossup location. the voters, i think they are voting for the person they think is going to lead this country the next four years. some people will say new hampshire has a summer home of governor romney and the state next door, massachusetts, where he was governor. i think that is less of a factor. i think the people of new hampshire can see beyond that and are voting for the person they think is best for the 50 states. host: tell us about the history of new hampshire being a swing state. guest: traditionally, new hampshire was very solidly republican for many years. recently, i think it is sort of the clinton 1992 phenomenon that has changed that. he one the state twice. in 2000 it went to george w. bush. kerrey., john care the president got a nine point victory in 2008. we really are tossups state. the polls go bac
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focused on sandy re0 covery efforts, governor romney will be back on the trail full time today. he has a packed campaign schedule in florida. hurricane sandy has left at least 46 people dead. early estimates puts the cost of the storm at a staggering $50 billion in damage and lost business. crews are working over time to restore power to 17 affected states, believe it or not. still, there's over 6 billion homes and businesses without power right now. new york city's 108-year-old subway system suffered unprecedented damage and that does remain shut down. the metro transportation authority could not give an estimate tuesday about how long it will take to get the subway up and running. train tunnels under the east river used by amtrak and the long island railroad are flooded and tracks damaged. workers will have to walk hundreds of miles of track to even begin to assess what needs to be fixed. across the hudson river in hoboken, new jersey, members of the national guard arrived to evacuate residents. half of the town 0 of 50,000 people was flooded leaving the residents stuck in their
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: meanwhile, hurricane sandy disrupting the campaigns of president obama and governor romney seven days until election day. the president distracted dealing with a nationa emergency. governor romney distracted trying to find the appropriate balance of campaigning in the midst of national catastrophe. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people. >> after cancelling to more campaign events president obama headed to the red cross to continue the role of heeler in chief. >> there is no excuse for inaction at this point. i won every agency to lean forward and to make sure that we are getting the resources where they need to know where they are needed as quickly as possible. >> looking presidential in the final week of a tight campaign in a rol that won -- one rare praise from governor chris christie who gave the keynote address at the republican national convention. >> she has been very attentive. anything that i have asked for his gun. i think the president publicly r that. he has done as far as i'm concerned, great job for
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the past. i would predict that if governor romney is elected president, he would support, nominate justices who would be more likely to overturn roe v. wade than would barack obama. i think that it is clear, however, that he would not do anything to outlaw abortion in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother being endangered. i think we know that from the exchanges to date. and so you can say he's had more positions across time, and his position -- you can mark different points in the calendar across his life. >> i do think that the public, by and large, perceives the fact that he has made more 180 degree turns than a whirling dervish. i read this comment online at "the washington post," a reader who said that, "romney has thrown lbaugh, rick perry, allen west and all the other tea party people under a freight train by essentially saying he would govern as president obama governs." that's what he, in effect, he said this past last debate. what about that?wn >> why would anyone believ that? yes, he said that d yes he did heit to convey the impression tt the old mitt romney from t
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story. meantime the president cancels another day of campaigning governor mitt romney is focusing on key battleground state of florida. this as we take a live look what is a rally in tampa. you see the stage sort of in the distance there. that is where former governor jeb bush will appear at any moment with mitt romney. the pair will travel to coral gables and jacksonville for two morallies later day. janice dean mentioned we are less than a week away from election day. chief political correspondent carl cameron is live in tampa with it all. hey, carl. >> reporter: hi, jenna. romney is eager to get back in the campaign saddle after day and a half lull for the sandy disaster. mr. romney has three events here in florida, a key battleground state where the polls continue to tighten. we've been telling everybody for year-and-a-half this is likely to end up close in a number of key battleground states as well as national polls. the national polls have been within the margin literally for weeks. in florida the latest quinnepiac survey, president is up two points. well within the margin and bas
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us from down south in tampa, florida. former governor mitt romney is about to hold a campaign event with florida congressman connie mack. and the campaigns are getting back into full swing. mitt romney back on the trail. and a new poll out today shows a very tight, tight race in the sunshine state. every minute of campaigning will count and vice president biden will be there today as well. >>> romney is not the only one back on the campaign trail, as we point out. the vice president is, paul ryan as well as bill clinton. new polls giving a slight edge to the president. the power panel will weigh in on this in just a second. >>> plus, you can't forget this dangling crane, we've show you the images, that still happenings perilously above new york city. still a very dangerous situation. we'll bring you up to speed on what's being done to get that down safely. if you have pictures from the storm, tweet them to us, include the hash tag msnbc pics. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks wh
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for at least the last 24 hours. that completely blows up governor romney's closing argument for why he should replace president obama in the oval office. >> indeed. jared, it's not just this issue of bipartisanship, but mitt romney, as you know, has said, previously and repeatedly, particularly in the debates, that he would like to remove an organization like fema. >> right. >> now, not only is that highly inefficient, in terms of resourcing, but can i ask you, would it not also likely raise local taxes, because if each state is required to provide emergency assistance, then each state has to fund what the federal government is providing right this moment. >> precisely. instead of having a centralized disaster relief fund, which, of course, fema represents, each state would have to do so. by the way, they wouldn't do so. because state budgets don't work that way. everything is fungible. and in tough times like now, states can't run budget deficits. that fund would be dry, i guarantee you. and what's going to happen? the federal government's going to say, no, forget it? that's just n
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right is ready, able, and willing to go to war with a republican politician it considers a sellout. romney knows this too. if he tried to be anything other than a severe conservative, his presidency would be crippled. okay. that does it for "the cycle." on that note, martin bashir, it's all yours. >> thanks, steve. it's october, wednesday, the 131 31st, and we are moments from the president speaking amid the devastation of sandy. >>> we are now awaiting remarks from the president and governor chris christie after their tour of storm-ravaged southern new jersey. the president took in the damage from a chopper, then visiting with new jerseyians at a storm shelter near atlantic city, accompanied by governor chris christie. the jersey shore, once home to the frivolous activities of a reality show, now marked as the area hardest hit by the storm. whole towns, swallowed by the storm. communities and lives left in disarray. and with six days to go until the presidential election, there were no overt politics in new jersey today. with the commander in chief seizing the moment to work with a republican governor, offering leadership and comfort in a moment of crisis and catastrophe. and while the president has canceled several days of campaigning to respond to the disaster, mitt romney is carrying on the campaign trail in florida today. mr. romney faces the challenge of pivoting a campaign based almost entirely on criticizing the president as a failure and facing dreaded questions on his statement that he'd cut fema and return it to the states. the campaign has a clear media strategy on that front, and many others, of course. it's three weeks since mr. romney took a question from any reporter. let's get rate to our panel, as we await the president. richard wolffe is with me, the vp and executive editor of msnbc.com. and in washington, msnbc analyst eugene robinson, a pulitzer prize-winning columnist for "the washington post." richard, if i can start with you. with all due respect to romney and ryan, this is a big government moment, isn't it? this is a moment when, for all that they've said throughout this campaign, mr. ryan, mr. romney, about how they want to eviscera eviscerate government, this is actually a moment when we need government. >> it's a time when pieces of government come together, state, local, and federal. it's a moment when you move beyond party. they're not republicans and democrats in new jersey, they're just americans in need. and those messages, of course, resonate with americans in general. they also happen to be part of what the president and what governor christie is talking about. you know, this is the kind of politics that independent voters, moderates, the gettable, undecided -- >> that tiny number. >> that's what they want to see. they want to see a system that works. and when you have frankly, someone who is brash and outspoken and conservative, working with a president who's supposed to be polarizing, christie and obama working together with a single focus, i think it actually encourages people about politics, about government, and about these two individuals. because it does take leaders, it does take individuals, full credit to the two men involved. >> indeed. i would say a hearty amen to that. eugene, the president has been pretty evenhanded in the way he's responded to this storm. he tells fema, no bureaucracy, no red tape. he tells the governors to call him directly if they're not getting the help they need. he's not delegating responsibility, he is taking it, isn't he? >> he is. and that's what you would want a president to do in this sort of situation. it's, frankly, what george w. bush did not do in hurricane katrina and we saw the result as well as the political price. so, i think it's fascinating, for people to watch, as chris christie, as pugnacious as he is, on the republican side, for republican ideas and values, to see where that ends for him. to see him say, essentially, but, yes, there is a big role for government in our society, and thank god we have it. >> indeed. richard, mr. romney has spent, as you know, each of the debates repeatedly suggesting, and in florida, i was just listening to him, and he was saying again, i'm the man for bipartisanship. i'm the person who can bring both sides of the aisle together. and what do we have in front of our very eyes, but the president embodying the very thing that this man can only talk about. >> right. and that's, of course, what challenges are left with. they're left with a promise and a speech and a microphone and a stage, where presidents can actually do stuff. the interest thing is that for four years, the republican party has had an organized effort to say that this president is not a bipartisan figure. he could not deliver on his fundamental promise, because they were going to deny him any republican cooperation. we know that they met on inaugural night, congressional leaders did, we know that mitch mcconnell's strategy through health care was to deny any semblance of bipartisanship. so he created this very disciplined approach, which can be very successful, to say no republican support whatsoever. governor chris christie, in the last 48 to 72 hours, has single handedly destroyed that image. because, although they've got lots of differences and lots of different policy areas, if a conservative like christie can work with a president like obama, that means president obama is not actually some socialist radical, where there is no common ground that republicans can find. there is common ground, if the republicans stop campaigning and start dealing with the problems in front of this country. >> to richard's point, eugene, do you not think that this now exposes mr. eric cantor, mitch mcconnell, and the congressional republicans for what they have been doing? and it seems almost cyclical, as richard was saying, at the beginning of this presidency, they say they're going to oppose him. at the end, he finds one republican in the form of chris christie, who's willing to work with him. >> it is amazing, one. one in there. in fact, there's more than one. and there would have been, frankly, a lot more, had there not been this organized effort to deny president obama any republican votes on anything. which was sort of brutally enforced. i mean, there are republican senators whom i know of, who i voted in health care, for example, against ideas that they hads espoused on the floor of the senate. but they vote against them. and at one point, the president asked one senator in particular, you know, what can i do? what can i put into this bill that will get your vote? and the answer was, you know, frankly, mr. president, there is nothing, because i simply cannot expose myself politically and vote for even things that i support. i mean, that's the lunacy that has passed for congress, under the republicans in the past four years. >> indeed. richard, stop press. we have breaking news. mitt romney, although refusing to answer personal questions of any kind, three-week anniversary today from the last time he answered a question, he has now issued a statement, supporting fema. he says, i'm quoting, as president, i will ensure fema has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission. so once again, here's mitt romney, finger in the air, wind blowing, oh, it's a heavy storm, i support fema. this is embarrassing. >> it only took him 48 hours to support fema. you would hope that president romney could respond to a storm faster than he did about fema. but it's very hard to square with what he's saying about fema now with the very morality-laden approach that he took in the republican debates. remember, what he's describing in the statement is actually status quo, it's not big change. but it is a big change from what he said before. which is, you know, fema funding, if it comes from debt, which every extra dollar does -- >> is a moral problem for this nation. >> is a moral problem. >> it's not just an issue of money. >> it's a moral problem. more than the moral problem of dealing with people in need in a disaster zone. now that has been jettisoned, because hep wants to appear moderate. it's very hard to know who the real mitt romney is, but at least he could speed up his response time. >> and martin, by the way, it does not square with what we know of the romney/ryan budget plan. because if, indeed, you cut income tax rates by 20%, and you boost defense spending, you've got to -- essentially, you've got to cut discretionary sending, if you're not going to add to the deficit, by a draconian level. you've got to cut it by like 40%, including fema. so, it's impossible to square what we -- again, what we know of his budget plan, since he won't lay them out in detail, and this new statement that, oh, well, of course i'm going to fully fund fema. well, gee, what's he going to say today. of course he loves fema now. but he didn't love it when they were coming up with a budget plan. >> and to eugene's point, if mitt romney thinks he might get some solace from ryan, there's the paul ryan budget, which also slashes any amount, what is it, $23 million from the budget from fema? i mean, again, their actual plans would eviscerate provisions for the kind of plastic surge emergency that this nation is facing today. >> and very shortly, we're going to be discussing whether or not to raise the debt ceiling again. and debt ceilings get pushed out by these kinds of disasters. you know, the new york subway has to be cleared out. the new york subway is not going to pay for that on its own. they're going to need federal support across this area. that's going to run right up against this debt ceiling. let's see if the republicans remember that their nominee, maybe their president-elect, says fema should be fully federally funded. >> and we look forward too hearing if bain capital will provide the funding. eugene wolffe -- sorry, richard wolffe and eugene robinson, gentleman, thank you. >>> coming up, much more on sandy's aftermath and the political consequences of this historic storm as we await the president and governor chris christie. stay with us. i'm only in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. 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hurricane-damaged areas of new jersey today, witnessing firsthand both the devastation and the importance of fema. and joining us now from washington, jared bernstein, who's formerly the chief economic adviser to the vice president and jonathan capehart, an opinion writer for "the washington post." both are msnbc contributors. jared, i understand you yourself had something of a power cut and you had to go to duncan doughnuts to get some work done. and while you were sitting there, you had some time to reflect on fema, on mitt romney, and on the paul ryan budget. what did you conclude, jared? >> well, first, i concluded i was very lucky, relative to many others, who were devastated by this storm, but on a broader perspective, what i concluded was that mitt romney and paul ryan's position on fema, on disaster relief, is one that's totally inconsistent with a centralized role for disaster preparedness. it makes absolutely no sense to think about privatizing or block granting this function to states. they simply can't do it. it's unimaginable that the federal government would tell a state, i'm sorry, your block grant ran out, so we can't help you. if you actually look back at mitt romney's comments about shuddering fema or shuffling it off to the states, or even better, privatizing it, it's pure ideological rhetoric about how any time you're kick something to the states, that's better. that's not what you want from a president in a time of natural disaster. and even romney and ryan recognized that now, as you can tell from your current rhetoric, but they really have no place to hide from it. >> jared, we're watching live pictures. the president has just come out of his motorcade. he's about to address us and make some comments. there is governor chris christie. the governor of new jersey. earlier today, they joined together in a helicopter ride above the scene, observing the vast devastation that's occurred in that area. and also, they then visited the town of brigantine, where they met with a number of local residents and members of the community. john, as i observe these pictures, we were talking earlier about mitt romney spending this whole campaign promising that he was the one person in america who could bridge the partisan divide, and look at those images and tell me, is the president not embodying bipartisanship at this very moment in front of you? >> exactly, exactly. the president has been someone who has reached across the aisle, or at least has tried to reach across the aisle, to work with republicans for at least the last two years and has been smacked back every time, and the republicans have named that, namely the top of the ticket, has used that as why they think the president has failed and why mitt romney is the one who can go to washington and reach across the aisle and work with members of congress to get things done for the country. and yet here you have the president of the united states with mitt romney's chief and bombastic surrogate there, together, in a state that's been ravaged by hurricane sandy, working together. and on top of it, you have had chris christie singing the president's praises the for at least the last 24 hours. that completely blows up governor romney's closing argument for why he should replace president obama in the oval office. >> indeed. jared, it's not just this issue of bipartisanship, but mitt romney, as you know, has said, previously and repeatedly, particularly in the debates, that he would like to remove an organization like fema. >> right. >> now, not only is that highly inefficient, in terms of resourcing, but can i ask you, would it not also likely raise local taxes, because if each state is required to provide emergency assistance, then each state has to fund what the federal government is providing right this moment. >> precisely. instead of having a centralized disaster relief fund, which, of course, fema represents, each state would have to do so. by the way, they wouldn't do so. because state budgets don't work that way. everything is fungible. and in tough times like now, states can't run budget deficits. that fund would be dry, i guarantee you. and what's going to happen? the federal government's going to say, no, forget it? that's just not part of our budget? again, you know, mitt romney was really stuck yesterday. i thought it was quite embl emblematic that he wouldn't answer questions about fema. because his position thus far on everything has been, tell me what you, voter, want to hear, and i'll tell you that's my position. on a day like yesterday, with the devastating storm, he really couldn't -- his antenna couldn't pick up just which way to flip-flop or pander. because the currents were so strong, understanding the kind of bipartisanship you're about to hear from these two political representatives, where politics takes a backseat. and actually doing something serviceable for a country in need takes over. so it's been fascinating, really. >> jared, are you honestly suggesting that mitt romney is not actually competent on policy, but principally, about pandering? you couldn't possibly be suggesting such a thing. >> to me, seriously, that was the -- >> i am being serious, jared. >> yes -- if you look at the foreign policy debate, that was another example to me, again, of mitt romney saying, i can't figure out what the median voter who's going to ultimately decide this thing wants me to say, so i'm going to be all over the map, i'm just going to agree with the president, whatever. same thing on fema. it was something to privatize, to kick to the states. you hit a natural disaster, and there's an obvious role that we just discussed, an efficient economic role for a centralized government, a role by the federal government and he's speechless, doesn't know what to say. >> indeed. thank you, jonathan and jared, please stay with us. but i would like to bring in mike viqueira, who's reporting for us from the white house. we're watching pictures of president obama accompanied by are chris christie, both of whom are about to make a public statement. and mike, the president not only visiting the region this morning, he's also telephoned hospitals in new york, he visited the red cross, he visited fema as well, right? >> reporter: that's right. it was his second trip in about four days the. he was there on sunday as that hurricane was still bearing down on the east coast, before it became clear exactly where and when it would rip into the east coast and now the president today has seen the devastation, its aftermath, firsthand. taking that helicopter ride, airborne for about an hour, chris christie, with the fema administrator, craig fugate, looking at many of the areas. we have seen through media shots, aerial shots, including atlantic city, the boardwalk there, long beach island, places called ship bottom, seaside heights, which has now been almost obliterated. at least the portions that are closest to the beach. the president seeing that firsthand. then these two men, these three men, i should say, governor christie, the president, and administrator fugate going to brigantine beach, the community center there, housing as many as 200 new jerseyians who needed shelter, who were displaced and in distress. the president spoke with them. and again, governor christie speaking in very -- praising the president, praising his response. saying the president really means what he says when he says the federal government is going to do everything it can to help get new jersey, get to the jersey shore, which governor christie calls the soul of new jersey, back on its feet. they spoke with some of the people there at the shelter. they have now come to this area, where we can expect the president to make a statement. you're right, to go back. the president visiting fema. he had around him at the table there, many of the cabinet secretaries whose departments are going to be directly affected or involved in this recovery effort, including transportation, including hhs, hud, the secretary of defense was there as well. john brennan, the homeland security and counterterrorism adviser here at the white house. so a full array of administration power, being brought to bear to coordinate with the states. and that is partly what fema's role is, martin, as new jersey struggles to recover and other areas struggle to recover. one more thing, craig fugate telling reporters today aboard air force one, they are transitioning from a search and rescue operation to try to take care of the immediate needs of the victims across the northeast. but there is no all-clear that has been given. obviously, power still out for millions of americans. >> indeed, mike. and the president combining all those government departments, as you say, but actually leading himself. >> reporter: well, that's right. and you were talking about, if you want to get into the machiavellian nature of the -- >> trust you to do that. trust you to do that, viqueira. >> reporter: you have to take into the political profit mode is always in play, and that's as it should be. our system of government has made allowance for that. chris christie, his state is under incredible duress. it's been devastated. he's not going to be snubbing the president. it's important for both of these men, from a political standpoint. and, obviously, first and foremost, for the welfare of the victims and the people who have been distressed, who have had their property destroyed, who have seen their life savings literally watched out to sea, to work together. no one under these circumstances wants to see the usual partisan sniping and trench warfare that is so endemic to our political system. so, you know, everybody -- nobody doubts the fact that governor christie and president obama want to have a recovery work as smoothly, as comprehensively, and as efficiently as it possibly can to help these people. >> if i can go back to you, jonathan capehart. i want to mention, mike viqueira talking about the cynical nature of politics, and suggesting or implying that every day is a political day. well, yesterday we received some criticism for discussing mitt romney's so-called storm relief event in the context of a campaign event. and i was eviscerated by telephone calls and so on. but now it emerges, according to buzz feed, that $5,000 was spent by the campaign to make the display of food look bigger. what's your assessment of what happened yesterday, john? >> oh, my. a campaign event that was not a campaign event, but was a campaign event. >> and was funded by the romney campaign, to the tune, no less, of $5,000. >> of $5,000. governor romney was stuck. he had a campaign event planned for ohio, a state that he needs to win. hurricane sandy blows in, devastates everything, decides not to campaign, but he still is running for president, so he decides, i think, on paper it might have sounded like a go ahead idea, to turn their campaign event into a relief event, have people come, show up with canned goods and things, and then, you know, everyone is and looks caring and compassionate, but when you put it through the presidential election lens, it came off a little ham-handed. and now to have this new information about the campaign spending its own money to bulk up the appearance of the event, it just sort of adds to the theater of what mitt romney -- >> are you reaching for the word "crass," jonathan? >> yes, martin, i was. >> thank you. we're watching the president, as i say. he's about to give some remarks at a microphone that's been set up for both himself and governor chris christie. he's accompanied there my senators robert menendez, senator frank lautenberg, representative frank labdono, and the brigantine mayor, as well as atlantic county executive, dennis levenson. i want to go back to mike viqueira, are you still there? >> reporter: yes. >> you've observed this opposition to this president. we've had senator mitch mcconnell publicly say that his determination is to deny this man a second term. do you think that what is happening right now, before our eyes, is likely to spill over? should the president win re-election in some way, so that he'll be able to reach to the other side and say, look, the way we've been doing things for the last four years doesn't make any sense to the american people. >> reporter: i think that we can all hope that that's the case. i would seriously doubt it. >> really?! so another four years of gridlock. >> reporter: after we suffered the worst terrorist disaster imaginable, what was unthinkable, that happened on september 11th, members of congress joined on the steps of the congress and sang "god bless america," i was there, it was a very moving moment. it didn't last, that feeling. and i don't think, under these circumstances, as tragic and terrible as they are, it's going to last again. i think if the president is re-elected, the best hope to break the gridlock, if the predicate is correct, that republicans are obstructionists, they were simply trying to stand in his way, to make him lack bad so he would be defeated for re-election, the president won't be standing for re-election in 2016, so it takes away that incentive. and that, perhaps, will be the thing that allows things to get done, and most immediately, of course, is something to be done about the so-called fiscal cliff, martin. >> indeed. jared, i wanted to raise the fiscal cliff with you, because nobody is suggesting the irresponsible spending of money, but at a crisis point like this, it does raise questions about what happens come that moment at the beginning of next year. >> right. >> interestingly, fema has been exempted from many of the cuts or caps so far. but it does, once again, remind you of what a bad idea it is to have these automatic, across-the-board cuts. hey, i want to come back to something you and mike were talking about. when mike was talking about the bipartisan efforts towards recovery, of course, he was talking about recovery from the storm. i couldn't help but hear recovery from an economic standpoint. and it just got me to thinking, how much progress we actually could make, and mike's probably work. you know, his skepticism is certainly well founded. how much progress we could make on the economy and a much more slow drag kind of difficulty and pain that so many families are feeling if these parties would work together on the economic recovery, as well as they appear to be doing on the storm recovery. >> so i repeat to you, jared, the question, do you share mike viqueira's sin skpichl skepticism -- >> you know, it's a funny thing, when i hear mike say it, i think it's right, but i don't really share it. >> because you're an optimist. >> i'm an optimist. but i think everybody is saying, i hope that this kind of bipartisanship could last, because it's so important to us. >> indeed. jonathan capehart, if i could come back to you, chris christie delivered, as you put it, a bombastic speech, a keynote speeched a are the republican convention. he has been a great cheerleader for mr. romney. do you think people in the republican party are going to wonder exactly what he's doing, by the way he keeps praising the president? today he was saying, the president is here, it's important he's here, we're thankful that the president is here, we appreciate his support. how is that going down do you think, with republicans who are fighting this presidential campaign? >> the republicans who are fi t fighting the presidential campaigns, the hard and fast warriors there, can't possibly be thrilled or happy with what chris christie is doing. first he goes to the come nating convention, gives the keynote speech and mentions himself or the word "i" more than the way he does mitt romney's own name. but also, he wants to leave presidential politics out of this, but politics is all part of this. and what you have here is the governor of a devastated state who is up for re-election next november, november 2013. he is a republican governor of a blue state. a state that more likely than not will vote for president obama. these pictures that we're seeing today, what we're watching right now, don't be surprised if you see it again a year from now, when he's running for re-election. so, again, chris christie, thought of himself during the convention in tampa in august, and at some point, somewhere in the recesses of his brain, he's got to be thinking, not just about the people of his state and getting them through this tragedy, but also what it means for him to be seen working with the democratic president of the united states, who at this point, very well could be the next president of the united states, if things go the way the folks in chicago want it to go on november 6th. >> indeed. mike viqueira, i'm watching chris christie live, governor christie, with the president, and it seems as though mr. christie was kind of made for this kind of situation. he seems to have embraced this in a really -- but seriously, mike. he does, doesn't he? >> well, here's a guy who, i think he would describe himself this way. he's very new jersey. i mean, he's very emphatic, he's very emotional. jonathan used the word "bombastic," i don't think many people would object to that characterization. he empathizes quite well. he's very demonstrative. and i think that as a leader of a state that is undergoing what this state is going through this week, and will doubtlessly be going through, if you've seen some of these pictures for weeks and months to come in terms of recovery and getting back on its feet, on the jersey shore, that he's probably very well suited to this role, and i think that both of these men, the president, as you see them now walk towards the microphone, are well suited to each other. compliment each other, almost. and i know that a lot of republicans are going to have a hard time listening to that, as you and jonathan have been discussing. but i think that's quite evident now. >> indeed. jared, very briefly before the president and governor christie speaks, i noticed the moody's don't appear to have made any adjustments in relation to gdp as a result of this storm. would you agree with that? we're hearing a number in excess of $50 billion worth of damage. >> moody's made that projection a day or so ago, before some recent information came in. but it is true that some of the rebuilding that goes on actually feeds in positively to gdp growth. it's a strange thing that happens, it's because it's gross domestic product, not net domestic product, but i don't go into the details here. so the rebuild actually adds to the growth. but i don't think the magnitude of the losses were known. but i don't suspect this is going to take down any gdp forecasts much at all, because of the offsetting factors. the costs on one side, and i wouldn't call it benefits, but the positive feeding into growth, of all the rebuilding efforts. >> jared, you know that the president in the form of american jobs act has been pleading with congress to allow him to employee people, both in sectors like education and construction, to improve the infrastructure, aging infrastructure of this country. do you think that what has happened here is, in a way, going to produce an accidental stimulus, simply by the effect of this natural disaster, which will force the state of new jersey, new york, and other places around the country, to spend money on rebuilding? >> right, well, that's precisely the effect that i was just menti mentioning, in terms of adding to gdp growth, from rebuilding things that were destructed. but beyond that, there are many infrastructure projects implied by this disaster, including, by the way, burying power lines that are aboveground, and thus exposed, in storms like this. >> jonathan, i wanted to come back to you, briefly, as the president and governor christie prepare to speak. they're still greeting people on the street there. they're very nearby. senator bob menendez, senator frank lautenberg are with them. we've heard mitt romney's position on climate change, which we think on most issues, has tended to be on both sides of the argument. what does he say now, given what has happened here, where so many experts in the field of environmental science have suggested that what is happening with these severe weather systems is becoming more frequent, as a result of climate change? >> well, martin, governor romney hasn't said a whole lot about a lot of things recently. you know, folks asked him 14 times yesterday, whether he was going to -- whether he wanted to get rid of fema. the last thing he heard or the last thing i remember hearing from governor romney on climate change was, he was questioning the science of climate change. and this is the same person who, when he was governor the first two years, was one of the leaders of reggie, the state consortium of governors, who wanted to do something about greenhouse gas emissions. two years later, he pulls out of it, as he was ramping up his run for president, the first run for president in 2008. so i think, you just -- he's been on every side of this issue, so the latest incarnation is that governor romney has questioned the science behind climate change. >> but also, john, i remember mr. romney's speech at the convention, where one of the biggest laugh lines that he thought he was delivering was when he mocked the president for being concerned about the rise of the oceans. >> right. the rising oceans and the warming planet. and president clinton had a great retort to that criticism during his campaign event yesterday, when the president said, you know, the folks in my neck of the country wish, you know, that we had someone in office, who could do something about it. not so implicit knock against governor romney, who has made it clear, both in that convention speech, but in speeches prior to that convention speech, that he just doesn't buy the notion that mankind, humankind, is responsible in any way for the changes in climate that we've been experiencing. >> martin, can i make a quick point? >> please. >> just to be clear, something i said earlier. i wanted to get back to that, it is the case that fema, funding for fema, is not exempt from the automatic cuts or so-called sequestration. so if the sequestration does occur, these automatic cuts, $110 billion next year, that will hit fema as well. another good reason to try to make sure that doesn't happen. >> indeed. i believe we have ed markey with us at the moment. is that right, sir? oh, we don't. i'm so sorry. i was just told we did, but we don't. jared, going back to the economics of this and the fiscal cliff, how -- i mean, what happens now. because the president has already said that he wishes to have some kind of discussion as soon as possible about this matter. >> yeah. look, this is really quite simple. you can make it as complicated as you want. looks like they are about to speak here. >> yes, they are. >> i used to work for the president, by the way. this is not the first time he's interrupted me. but that's okay. >> let's listen to the president and governor chris christie. >> good afternoon, everybody, and thank you all for coming today. i want to thank the members who are here as well and obviously i want to thank the president. e we spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the new jersey coastline. we were on marine one together, to be able to show the president that personally, and we had an opportunity to see it and discuss it at length. and going over to the shelter here, to be able to meet with folks, to have people be able to see the president and his concern and the concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have lots of challenges. our challenge now is to get back to normalcy. to the things we need to do is to make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible. make sure that people have clean drinking water and waste water treatment plants are working, hospitals are taken care of the way we need to and we get kids back to school. i just went over all those issues today with the president, and i'm pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. so i want to thank him for that. he has worked incredibly closely with me, since before the storm hit. i think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend. and it's been a great working relationship to make sure that we're doing the jobs that people elected us to do. and i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. and i heard it on the phone conversations with him, and i was able to witness it today, personally. and so, we're going to continue our work, the state government is here, we're doing what we need to do, we'll coordinate with fema, and i want to thank mr. fugate for being here and for the input he's already had to help make our operation even better. and we'll move on from here. what i said yesterday, i really mean. i know there's got to be sorrow, and you see that, and the president has seen that today, in the eyes and faces of a lot of the folks he's met. and that sorrow is appropriate. we've suffered some loss. luckily, we haven't suffered that much loss of life, and we thank god for that. but we have suffered losses. and this is the worst storm that i've seen in my lifetime in this state. but we cannot permit that sorrow to replace the resilience that i know all new jerseyians have. so we will get up and we'll get this thing rebuilt and we'll put things back together, because that's what this state is all about and always has been all about. and so, for all of you who are here, and i met a bunch of you today at brigantine, who disregarded my admonition, to get the hell out of here, you kno know! you are forgiven this time, but not for much longer. we've got to make sure. when you all look around and see all this destruction, that's fine, all that stuff can be replaced. look to your right and to your left, to your husband or wife, your son or your daughter, those are the things that can't be replaced. so i'm glad we don't have that kind of loss of life to have to deal with. so i want to thank you for being here, for bringing his personal attention to it, and it's my honor to introduce to all of you the president of the united states. >> thank you, everybody. let me just say make sure that i acknowledge the folks who are here because they've played an important role in this. first of all, your congressional delegation, senator bob menendez, senator frank lautenberg, congressman frank lobeyando, county executive, and brigantine mayor, phillip gunther. obviously, this is a federal, state, and local effort. and the fist thing i want to do is just to thank everybody who has been involved in the entire rescue and recovery process. at the top of my list, i have to say that governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsive. he's been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm, and i think the people of new jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back, even storm warning stronger than before. so i want to thank him. and i want to thank the organization because they helped to make sure that fema financing was in help. and we're very appreciative of those efforts. and, you know, i want to thank craig fugate. sometimes, you know, people just think fema, and they don't thank the people behind them. but craig lives and breathes this stuff, making sure that we're providing the help that people so desperately need in these situations. i want to thank all the first responders who have been involved in this process, the linesmen, the firefighters, the folks who were in here, shoveling out people who were supposed to get the hell out and didn't. you know, you've helped to save a lot of lives and a lot of property. and, and one thing you learn in these tragedies is the first responders, keep in mind, their homes are usually underwater too, or their families have been affected in some way, and yet they make those personal sacrifices to help other people. so, we really appreciate them. i'm just going to make a couple of comments. number one, and most important, our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones. it's true that because of some good preparation, the loss of life was kept lower than it might have been, but for those individual families, obviously, you know, their world has been torn apart. and we need to make sure that everybody who's lost a loved one know that they're in our thoughts and prayers. and i speak for the whole country there. for those like, you know, the people i just had the chance to meet on this block and throughout new jersey and throughout the region, whose lives have been upended, my second message is, we are here for you. and we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you've rebuilt. at this point, our main focus is on the states of new jersey, which got hit harder than anybody, the state of new york, particularly lower manhattan and long island. we are very concerned about some situations in connecticut as well and we're still monitoring west virginia, where there are heavy snows in some inaccessible areas. but, you know, for the most part, those four states are really bearing the brunt of this incredible storm. what we've been able to do is to preposition and stage commodities, water, power generators, ambulances in some cases, food, medical supplies, emergency supplies, and we have over 2,000 fema personnel that are on the ground right now. their job, now that we're moving out of the search and rescue phase, is to make sure that they are going out and talking to individual communities, so that people know exactly how they can get the help that they need. you know, we expedited our emergency declarations for the state of new jersey and local counties that have been affected. what that means is that people can immediately start registering for emergency assistance. and one of the things i want to emphasize to the people in new jersey and throughout the region. now that, you know, you're safe, your family's safe, but you're trying to figure out where you're going to stay for the next couple of days, et cetera, it's very important that you know that there's help available to you right now, for example, to find rental housing, or to be able to pay for some groceries. over at the community center, we saw a young woman who had a newborn, or, i guess, probably an 8-month-old, still needs diapers and formula and has run out. those are the types of basic supplies and help that we can provide. if you call 800-621-fema, or disasterassistance.gov, if you've got access to the internet, you can go to disasterassistance.gov, what that allows you to do is to register right now, so that you can immediately start receiving help. you know, we want to make sure that you get everything that you need. just a couple of final points. obviously, our biggest priority right now is getting power turned back on. we were very pleased that newark got power yesterday. jersey city is getting power, we believe, today. but there are still big chunks of the community, including this community right here, that don't have power. and, so, it's hard enough, cleaning up debris and dealing with boats that have been upended and, you know, roads that are blocked, when people don't have power, though, obviously, they're disabled in allways and it's hard to get back to normal. s
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Oct 31, 2012 12:00pm EDT
governor with a democratic chief executive exiting in 2016 than to have president romney and tea party republicans in congress pulling him to the extreme right for the next eight years. christie for his part shrugged off the notion of political calculus in an interview last flight. >> the president does things that deserve praise, i will give him praise. and when the president does things that deserves scorn i'll give him scorn. when someone asks me an honest question i give an honest answer. how has the president been to deal with? he's been outstanding to deal with on this and i look forward to see him tomorrow. >> mitt romney is back on the trail in florida after turning a previously scheduled campaign event in ohio into a makeshift humanitarian relief event. >> we've got people right now that are having some hard times because of this terrible hurricane and the storm that followed it. and your generosity will make a difference. one of the things i've learned in life is you make the difference you can. >> buzz feed that lie plus rag reports the last minute switch away from romney's,
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Oct 31, 2012 1:00pm EDT
a different course. megyn: that was governor mitt romney earlier today laying out what he thinks will happen in just a few short days when americans cast their votes for president. as new polls show how tight this race is getting. a poll of registered pennsylvania voters show the president two percentage points behind where he was just last month. governor romney enjoys a five-point boost. it's 48-44% puts the race within 4 points in pennsylvania where it was 54-49 in november. detroit suggests a similar swing in voter sentiment. romney close the gap in michigan the detroit news. chris stirewalt is the host of power play on foxnews.com. governor romney is buying ad time and the president is trying to match him while sending bill clinton and joe biden, to minnesota and michigan all thought to be in the blue-state column in this election, because he's trying to head fake us or he has a legitimate shot of winning those election tore kwral rich states. >> part of the reason is that there is so gosh darn much money in this year's election neither candidate is abiding by the old limits
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Oct 31, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. governor romney called for end of fema in the campaign, primary. >> dana: you know what? bob, that is really -- it's absolutely grossly unfair. president obama's budget last year, $900 million is what he suggested cutting. nobody in washington could look at the program and say that it couldn't be improved upon. that is what governor romney said. governor, who knows a little something about the state/federal relationship. knows what it means to work with the federal government hind the red tape, which is what president obama called for cutting is a problem. not a program that couldn't be improved on. >> bob: that' romney said shuttr fema. >> dana: that doesn't mean he wouldn't help people. that's grossly unfair. >> eric: we'll take a fema victory lap? >> bob: sure. >> eric: want to do that? >> bob: sure. >> dana: wait four days when they don't have power. >> eric: put your money where your mouthsy. told the story earlier, the house down there probably going to be wiped out, she said what about insurance? only way to get flood insurance along the coast is if you go to the federal pro
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Oct 31, 2012 7:00am EDT
republican mitt romney supporter, actually, governor chris christie. and the governor said this is not about politics. this is time to get new jersey back on its feet. six people died here. 2.6 million people lost power because of this storm. president obama took three days off of the campaign trail because of the storm, and now he really has to straddle that fine line of coming here to console families, to look at all this devastation, while trying not to make it look overtly like a photo-op. so certainly it will be interesting to hear what he has to say, and that image of him with republican governor chris christie later here this afternoon. soledad? >> i have to imagine both will say this is not the time for politics, this is a time for rescuing those who need to be rescued and rebuilding those who lost everything. thank you, sandra. we're going to be talking with newark, new jersey mayor cory booker. a look at some of the other stories making news. >> breaking news this morning. these are pictures you're going to be looking at of fires burning on that barrier island. fire crews wor
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Oct 31, 2012 3:00am PDT
, is not at all a sure thing for the president, for mitt romney. and florida where governor romney's spending the day. the last 48 hours have seen a lot of the narrative move towards romney is in a commanding position particularly because we've seen advertising go on in pennsylvania and michigan and minnesota and surrogate visits. if governor romney can't find a way to win ohio, he's got a very hard path, and he still has to lock down these southern states. i think you're right. the romney people say they're in a much better position in ohio than these public polls show. if they're wrong about that, he's not going to win. >> every public media poll, willie, has to be cooking their books for barack obama. >> or assuming the electorate. >> or assuming the electorate's wrong. and if the electorate has changed so radically in two years that quinnipiac is confused, somebody will give a desser tags on it after the election. i'm frustrated this morning because they keep telling me, don't believe the media polls. here we are a week out, less than a week out. it's still five points in ohio. i can tell
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Oct 31, 2012 7:00am PDT
viewed through a political lens. governor chris christie, a romney surrogate, will show the president the destruction, while new york mayor michael bloomberg politely declined a visit. this morning the president got a substantial briefing on what's happening and the federal support that's being provided for the recovery. some are calling this a commander in chief moment. but at the very least, this hurricane has complicated a very close presidential race. take a look at the latest national polls of the president obama has just a one-point lead among likely voters. three new swing state polls show the president still in the lead, although with a margin that is shrinking in florida, virginia and ohio. and instead of campaigning, the president went to the red cross in washington, d.c., yesterday. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people. millions of folks all across the eastern seaboard. but america is tougher. and we're tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an american is in need, all of u
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Oct 31, 2012 3:00pm EDT
megyn: you can hear governor romney going through his five-point plan in the critical state of florida, that is essential to any route to the white house for him, no accident he is there. listen, we appreciate you being with us on this important news day. there's a lot going on these days, and we'll be with you throughout the days and weeks as we head into -- well, days now as we head into the big day tuesday. i'm megyn kelly, thanks for watching. here's mr. shepard smith and studio b. >>shepard: residents of a new york city neighborhood that burned to the ground during the storm, those pictures are just unbelievable how there. they returned to find that there are no homes. we will speak to a man who witnessed the fire like. the new york stock exchange re-opened today. all the fears of gloom and doom and a huge sell off, it did not happen. it was the longest weather-related shut down in more than a century. a huge news day all comes unless breaking news changes everything. this is "studio b." first from fox at 3:00 in new york city, the storm has left nothing but the tremendous
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Oct 30, 2012 8:00pm PDT
government was in full effect and frankly mitt romney is on the wrong side of it. governor chris christie of new jersey praised the federal government and president obama in particular. >> i was on the phone for the third time yesterday, last night with the president of the united states. he called me at midnight last night. he accelerated the major disaster declaration for new jersey without the usual red tape. i can't thank the president enough for that. signed that this morning. so i have to say this. the cooperation has been great with fema here on the ground. and the cooperation from the president of the united states has been outstanding. he deserves great credit. >> mitt romney, on the other hand, cannot run from his declaration about fema during the campaign. >> every time you have an occasion that takes something from the federal government and sends it to the states, that's in the right direction. if you can send it to the private sector that's even better. we should take all of what we're doing and say what are the things we're doing that we don't have to do and that's what we hav
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